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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds…

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract…

by Barb Rosenstock (Author), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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This picture book is a historical fiction with Caldecott honor. It tells us a story of how a little boy thinks and jumps out of the box and become a unique and successful artist. Through a special paint box, this little boy saw a magical world of colors and music. In his eyes, the colors can sing, and the music can dance. He firmly believes that art should people feel like music even though others can not understand and agree with him. His characters of persistence and his interaction with art reflects the unique nature of a Child, who is sensitive and creative. Thus, the story can remind us as teachers or parents that we should respect our children, appreciate their creativity, and support their dreams. ( )
  CarolLuo | Jan 29, 2016 |
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  ShelleyR | Jan 26, 2016 |
Vasya Kadinsky, a Russian painter, was used to living a life where he was expected to always be proper. His aunt gave him a paint box one day and from then on Kadinsky enjoyed art. When he painted, Kadinsky heard noises coming from his paint box that no one else could hear. He enjoyed painting the sounds of the colors instead of the usual things like houses and flowers. As the years went by, he tried to ignore his noisy paint box, but where ever he went he could not ignore the colors he saw. When he went to the opera he could see the colors of the music the orchestra was playing. He did not like painting the traditional things that other artists painted and he thought that "art should make you feel." Kadinsky created abstract art with the help of his noisy paint box. This was an interesting book. The illustrations made the book come alive and helped the reader see what Kadinsky saw when he was painting. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Jan 25, 2016 |
The Noisy Paint Box tells the story of Vasya Kadinksy. As a young boy, he did what was normal of a Russian boy. He did schoolwork, played the piano, and learned proper etiquette at the dinner table. When his aunt gave him a paint box, he learned hot mix colors. This started his interest in art and colors. When he painted, he could hear the noise the colors made as they created art. However, his parents and other grown-ups thought he was being silly. Instead of being hurt by their comments, he kept painting and hearing the sounds. His aunt suggested an art class, but he painted the same boring stuff as others in the class. As Vasya got older, he went to school to be a lawyer and gave up his painting, but he "couldn't ignore the sounds of the colors singing to him in the streets of Moscow." One day he went to the opera, but all he could hear was the sound of the paint box, so he quit his job and moved to Munich to come a painter. He worked with famous teachers, but only painted what made them happy, not him. Eventually Vasya started to paint what he wanted to paint. He created abstract art. Most people didn't understand what he painted, but Vasya only cared about one thing-how did it made them feel? This book uses the illustrations to guide the words on the page. We can see how Vasya's feeling and also examples of his paintings. The words take different shape when trying to convey a meaning. I love how creative the book is. It is a great book to have in the classroom and for all ages to read. ( )
  mamontgomery | Jan 25, 2016 |
Vasya is a very bored little boy until his aunt gives him a paint box and "it brings color to his life". To him, the colors made sounds. He then began to paint what he heard and created many abstract paintings. His family did not like or appreciate his paintings so he gave up painting for a while, but couldn't ignore it any longer. He winds up being the creator of abstract art.
  sande2 | Dec 8, 2015 |
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Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.
But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?
In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.
Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.

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Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

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